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Grateful Dead Live at Long Beach Arena on 1981-08-28




Set 1

Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Me And My Uncle ->
Big River
Althea ->
Little Red Rooster
Brown Eyed Women ->
Let It Grow ->
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider

Set 2

Shakedown Street ->
Lost Sailor ->
Saint Of Circumstance ->
The Wheel ->
Jam ->
Never Trust A Woman ->
Jam ->
Drums ->
Space ->
Truckin' ->
Wharf Rat ->
Sugar Magnolia

Encore
U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Long Beach Arena
Location Long Beach, CA

Source 2 x Nakamichi CM-700 => Sony TC-D5 >> MAC
Lineage MAC >> Nakamichi DR-1 => Grace Design Lunatec V3 [Pre-Only] => Korg MR-1000 >> DSF [1-bit 5.6448 MHz Stereo] >> Korg MR-1000 => Korg AudioGate >> WAV [24/96]
Taped by Ron Ellner
Transferred by MAC Supplied By: Barry Glassberg, Transfer by Adam Egert, Mastering by Bill Koucky

Notes

Mastering Notes
-- Discs 2 and 3 are seamless.
-- d2t07 - Used gd81-08-28.sbd-patched.painoman.9572.sbeok.shnf (shnid=9572) as patch source for tape flip during "Never Trust A Woman"; 2:46 - 2:57.
-- Crossfades were applied during first set pauses and for tape flip after "Little Red Rooster".
-- Crossfades were applied for tape flips at the end of "Drums" and before "U.S. Blues".
-- Several large microphone taps were edited out at the beginning of the sets, while minor taps remain; crossfades were applied.

Reviews

Reviewer: arch23dmt1024 - - July 13, 2015
Subject: A fantastic early '80's smoker
A first set that really gets rolling around Me and My Uncle>Big River still has some great moments. The Althea slides along loosely while Jerry's lyrical delivery oozes cool. The Brown Eyed Women, as always, throws us back to time when people worked hard and drank whiskey from dusty bottles. The Let It Grow>China>Rider set closer is quite the treat as these songs were rarely played as a trio. Jerry's swirling guitar work pervades throughout.

The second set opens with a Shakedown Street that is replete with a fabulous jam that finds interesting side streets for the band to explore. The Sailor>Saint is picture perfect. This song duo had it's heyday in the early 80's and they always bring such vivid imagery to mind. That is another hallmark of the Grateful Dead for me: Their songs always seem to play out with distinct images in my head. I know of no other band that has this effect to the extent that the Dead do. The Wheel spins out of Saint and we are treated to a very cool jam towards the end. There is some great interplay between Jerry and Brent and then the song folds into Never Trust A Woman. Interesting placement but it works. Another jam ensues out of Never Trust A Woman and it is basically Jerry soloing over the drums and then Brent soloing over the drums. The theme of NTAW can be heard throughout which adds to the linear nature of the second set. A Spanish Jam out of Space is a cool treat and the Truckin' is rocking with Bobby's flubbed lyrics and all. The band settles down into Wharf Rat and we are treated once again to one of my favorites. Sugar Mags and U.S. Blues close out the show in typical Dead fashion.

Reviewer: njpg - - August 28, 2011
Subject: I have to disagree
Although it's an unusual and intriguing set list, the wheels don't really get smokin' until part way through set 2, at which point we have the confusing choice of "Brent's Blues". For most of this, the playing is really nothing special. I don't see how you can call this a 5-star show, next to the previous night.
Reviewer: thebone - - June 26, 2010
Subject: Long Beach Classic Show
The quintessential early 80's show. Great tune selection, super high energy and very well played (esp. Jerry).

Love the China > Rider first set closer, as well as the interwoven jams in the middle of the second set.

This show rivals Long Beach 12/13/80 in overall quality, which is really saying something since that was a sick show. Must have been awesome to attend!!
Reviewer: Sedula - - August 28, 2009
Subject: Bolero Jam?
It is called Spainish Jam, not Bolero jam. It is based on a two chord vamp (E-->F) off of Miles Davis' "Sketches From Spain". I read that is where Weir pulled it from in an article. Although it is a standard "Spainish" vamp that makes up a number of tunes.
Reviewer: aegert - - September 25, 2008
Subject: Ron Ellner's Master
This is Ron Ellner's master.. Barry Just Gave it to us so please update the entry to reflec Ron's Amazing work in the pit!
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Reviewer: sbrew - - August 31, 2008
Subject: wonderful
Excellent recording.
Wonderful playing; so much desire and connectiveness and interplay. A few moments when the wheels slip on track, but overall just dripping w/energy and wonder.
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